Supply Chain Manager
Describe your current work; what is your role there?
I am a supply chain manager in charge of offshore purchasing for our hydraulic cylinder and custom casting divisions at Monarch Industries.
Why did you choose a career in the field of supply chain management?
An opportunity came up when I was in business school at McMaster University to take an internship position as a production planner at a company in Toronto. After working there for 18 months I found that I really enjoyed the challenges in supply chain management. I continued to work in planning after university, eventually moving on to take positions in logistics and then purchasing.
What does your typical supply chain work day look like?
While there is no truly typical day in supply chain, on many days I start with reviewing emails that came in overnight from our offshore suppliers. Subjects range from RFQs, order confirmations and changes, sample results and in-bound logistics, to the management of offshore production. Throughout the day I work with planning and customer service to respond to customer order expedites, manage the communication and implementation of engineering changes to purchased parts, work with sales and marketing on new quote opportunities, and resolve material shortages in support of production. Typical projects that I am working on are supplier quality assurance programs, inventory management strategies, and system reviews to improve internal efficiencies.
What first inspired you to seek the SCMP designation?
I first moved into purchasing in 2008 from my position in out-bound logistics, and I wanted to develop a good foundation of knowledge in purchasing and supply chain in general. I had already obtained my CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) designation in 2007 from APICS and saw the SCMP program as a natural next step to further develop my skills as a supply chain manager and as a purchaser.
How has SCMA membership/SCMP accreditation been of value to you and your organization?
The main value has been through the education I have received throughout the SCMP program, which has broadened my understanding of supply chain issues and deepened my knowledge on how to address supply chain challenges. The courses were not just theory-based—I found that I was able to apply concepts quickly in my position that produced improved results in our supply chain. The SCMP accreditation is not only valuable to my career as evidence of my competence in supply chain management, it is also valuable to my company as I strive to improve our own supply chain.
What advice would you give to someone just starting their career in supply chain?
My advice would be to first develop an understanding of the mechanics of a supply chain through involvement in as many facets as possible (planning, logistics, purchasing, etc.) for a few years and then to take the SCMP program. The combination of work experience and education from the SCMP program will give you a solid foundation in building a rewarding career in supply chain management.
What impact do you think the SCMP will have on your career?
The SCMP designation is a confirmation of competence in supply chain management. It demonstrates to others that I am striving for excellence in my profession and can provide value in addressing supply chain challenges. This designation, with the value and competence that it infers, provides me with the foundation to contribute at an increasingly senior (and strategic) level, benefiting both my career and the company for whom I work.